National Take the Stairs Day Tips

In light of New Years’ resolutions and healthy living, seize the opportunity of today being National Take the Stairs Day. Here are a few tips on how to stay active on a daily basis. Start by, well, taking the stairs and skipping elevators and escalators. Park your car a bit farther than your place of…

Potluck Season is Upon Us

As it’s the season for potlucks and Christmas parties, we have a few ideas for you. Inspired by our own staff potluck, here are a few ideas and some simple recipes. Every year we pair the potluck with a version of secret Santa. Here are the rules. Each person grabs a present randomly and stands…

Cookie Exchange | Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy National Cookie Day!! Imagine a world where you can have many types of homemade cookies at once without spending hours baking. Well, that’s exactly what cookie exchange parties are for! A cookie exchange is when a group of people, maybe you and your family, friends, or co-workers, each bake homemade cookies of different types…

Habits for Healthy Cooking

Cooking habits may just be what you need for a healthier meal. Although the word “healthier” gives the impression of tasteless food, the contrary is true. Here are some tips for healthy and savoury cooking: Oils If you are cooking in higher temperatures, 200-500F degrees, the following oils are better to use: coconut oil, red…

Turkey Tips

  You will want to count on approximately 1-1.5 pounds of raw turkey per person so a 20-pound turkey should feed 10-15 people. This should leave some for the all-important leftovers. To thaw a frozen turkey safely you should place in the fridge and allow it to thaw slowly. A 20-pound turkey will take at…

Chef David’s favourite use of left over coffee – Iced Coffee!

1 litre (4 cups) brewed coffee, refrigerated 1 litre (4 cups) ice cubes, small ¼ cup white sugar 3 tablespoons coffee creamer (18%) 3 tablespoons vanilla extract While the coffee is still warm, flavour it with the cream, sugar and vanilla, then put it in the refrigerator until cooled. In a large blender, add small…

Back to school? Lunch ideas for the kids!

Schools are getting ready to reopen for the 2017/2018 school year already.  So what should we make for the kids to bring, that’s healthy, nutritious AND tasty?  It’s hard to come up with new ideas. The first suggestion is to PLAN!  It can be hard to factor in time, cost, efficiency and health benefits and…

Rotisserie Pork Loin

2-3 kg centre cut pork loin tied with string to hold the shape Seasoning rub (store bought will do as well): 2 teaspoons coarse salt, Kosher or sea 2 teaspoons brown sugar 2 teaspoons black pepper, freshly ground 2 teaspoons sweet paprika 2 teaspoons onion powder 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 teaspoons thyme   Using…

Kitchen Tools Chefs Can’t Live Without.

A Mortar and Pestle is for fine control over the spice grinds for your rubs, because the texture is half the battle, after all. Too coarse, and it can be rough on the palate. Too fine, and the mix may become pasty when cooked. Plus you get to feel like an old fashioned alchemist.  

Quinoa Granola Bars

Quinoa Granola Bars 1 cup uncooked quinoa 1 cup whole rolled oats ½ cup raisins ½ cup dried apricots, chopped ½ cup chocolate chips 2 tablespoons canola oil 3 tablespoons brown sugar ¾ cup liquid honey ½ cup peanut butter ¼ teaspoon salt Toast uncooked quinoa and whole rolled oats on a cookie sheet on convection…

Irish Soda Bread

2 cups flour 2 cups whole wheat flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 4 tablespoons butter, cool 1 cup raisins or currants, or 1 1/2 tablespoons caraway seeds, or nothing 1 egg, beaten 2 cups buttermilk Preheat oven on convection bake at 425F. Sift together the flours, sugar, salt and…

Wild Berry Parfaits

  300g granola 2 tablespoons coconut, medium sweetened 2 tablespoons graham crumbs 4 tablespoons rice crisps 250 mL yogurt, strawberry or raspberry work best 150 mL wild berry compote* To make wild berry compote, begin with 3 cups of “assorted berries” (blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry at 1 cup each works well). Place berries in a…